American recognition of Yerushalayim as Israel’s capital should serve as a “reality check” for the Palestinians, the Jewish state’s UN envoy said on Friday, ahead of the start of a special Security Council session on the issue.
“President Trump’s declaration marks a milestone — for Israel, for peace and for the world,” Ambassador Danny Danon said.
The Palestinians, Danon further noted, “can choose violence as they have always done, or they can choose to join us at the negotiating table.”
“The Security Council must send a clear message that there is never an excuse for violence,” he declared. “Violence must never be used as a threat.”
“The nations of the world must understand, that there will never be peace without Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel,” Danon concluded. “That is why, today, I call on all countries to join with our American friends, recognize Jerusalem as our capital and move their embassies as well.”
Eight countries that sit on the 15-member Security Council — France, Bolivia, Egypt, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, the UK and Uruguay — asked that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres give a briefing on the US policy change.
On Wednesday, Guterres said there was “no alternative” to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and that the status of Jerusalem must be negotiated over in direct talks between the parties.
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